One of the most bizarre situations in MLB over the last several weeks has been Anthony Rendon and his refusal to provide any updates to reporters on the injury that has sidelined him since July 4.
The situation somehow got weirder on Friday.
After nearly two months on the injured list — officially with a left shin contusion — Rendon told reporters that, actually, his injury is a fractured tibia, which would make his lengthy absence make much more sense. However, he doesn’t know why the Angels haven’t told anyone about the diagnosis, which he apparently received via a second opinion a month ago.
The Athletic’s Sam Blum noted the Angels have long said the former All-Star’s injury is not a fracture, so it appears we might be migrating from a player vs. media standoff over the injury to a player vs. team one.
Rendon’s status had previously been a sideshow in the Angels clubhouse, as he went to unusual lengths to avoid providing anything notable to the Angels media contingent about both the leg injury and other issues. Here’s a sampling, via the intrepid Blum:
That’s not exactly the stuff you want to see when you’re a team that gave Rendon a seven-year, $245 million contract after the 2019 season, and it didn’t help the third baseman’s reputation for not caring about baseball, which he once said he finds “boring.”
Rendon’s revelation on Friday suddenly shifts the perspective with all those avoidances, and brings up the ever-popular question of what on earth is going on in the Angels clubhouse.
As things currently stand, the highest-paid player on a team that employs Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani has been out nearly two months after hitting a career-worst .236/.361/.318 in 43 games and waited until Sept. 15 to allege the team has been basically lying about his injury, all in a season that was already a smoking trainwreck.
Rendon was famously injury-prone even before he signed with the Angels, but that issue is now reaching exotic new heights.